Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Not Quite "My" Space

Slashdot reports that China's version of MySpace has a charmingly totalitarian feel to it. According to an anonymous Chinese correspondent who has apparently seen it:

...Members are told to click a button to report any 'misconduct' by other users. MySpace's definition of 'misconduct' includes actions such as 'endangering national security, leaking state secrets, subverting the government, undermining national unity, spreading rumors or disturbing the social order' — according to the site's terms and conditions. In China these are all crimes which carry a hefty prison sentence. Any attempt to post content containing phrases that the Chinese government doesn't like, such as 'Taiwanese independence', the banned 'FaLun' religious movement or the Dalai Lama, produces the following message. 'Sorry, the article you want to publish may contain inappropriate content. Please delete the unsuitable content, and then try reposting it. Thank you.'"

I wonder what would happen if you typed in the word "Orwellian".

(Link via Pajamas Media)


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